Lekoved (in honor of) the Fourth of July (U.S. Independence Day), Arnold Friedmann reflects on his appreciation for America as a Jewish immigrant.
A different kind of yikhes (family legacy): Professor Marc Caplan considers his ancestor’s involvement in the American Civil War, which ended 150 years ago this spring.
Victoria explains how the Iron Curtain separated her from her father for fifteen years.
As families have gathered around the U.S. for Thanksgiving, hear Norwegian Jewish artist Bente Kahan sing the Yiddish song that reminds her most of her father.
Troim Katz Handler, daughter of Yiddish poet Menke Katz, describes the unique household in which she was raised. She speaks of her distant relationship with her father, as well as the beloved grandparents who helped raise her.
I am still busy recording amazing stories from Yiddish writers and scholars here in Israel. Leading Israeli historian Israel Bartal remembers the presence of Eastern European culture and Yiddish language in his childhood in Tel Aviv, then Palestine.
Greetings from the gegnt,
Yes, we interviewed Leonard (Leyb) Nimoy. And, yes, he speaks Yiddish. Learn more about the man behind Star Trek’s Spock, from his Jewish roots in Boston’s heymish West End neighborhood to his stint working with the world-renowned Yiddish theatre director Maurice Schwartz. Explore our produced shorts, selected from the two-hour interview that follows Leyb’s early years all the way to the present.
- The West End, Boston’s bygone neighborhood
- Meet West End local legend Al Tabatchnik.
- The Jewish Story Behind Spock
- Tales of Yiddish theatre director and actor, Maurice Schwartz
Watch the full two-hour interview.
-From the individual desks of Christa and Amanda.